Hilary Devey

TV Shows

The Intern

The C4 show saw Hilary giving young people the chance to compete for their dream job with a week's trial packed full of challenges.

Women at the top

Hilary went on a mission to find out why so few women make it to the top in business. Hilary discovered why men still hold more than 80% of Britain's senior jobs, examining factors like maternity leave, the cost of childcare and women's leadership style.

Hotel GB

Hilary appeared in Hotel GB, the first ever hotel staffed by Channel 4's most well-known and popular faces. For one week only, the Channel 4 stars took over a hotel and staffed it with unemployed people desperate for a break in an attempt to show that hard work and a great attitude are the best way to get on.

On positive discrimination in business

Hilary on This Week on the BBC. 'No glass ceiling for women in business'... click here to see more.

'Ridiculous' smoking in car ban

Entrepreneur Hilary Devey - known for her gravelly voice - was revealed to be a dragon who likes smoking and spoke against a possible ban on smoking in cars saying it was an infringement of human rights... find out more.

New approach to Dragons' Den

The CEO of haulage company Pall-Ex said that she has brought a new attitude to the programme... find out more.

Dragons' Den

Former Dragon in the Den between; 2011-2013 Hilary was chosen due to her experience, as a business woman with a proven track record and wealth of knowledge. As well as having the expertise needed to scrutinise fledgling entrepreneurs when they enter the Den, Hilary worked with Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis, Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden.

Commenting on her role in 2011, Hilary says: -

"At a time when the banks are failing to invest in British small businesses, I am proud to be able to do my part to support the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. In order to set-up Pall-Ex in the mid-nineties, I had to sell my house and car to get the start-up capital necessary to fulfil my business ambitions, as none of the banks appreciated my potential. I would have loved the opportunity to have stood before the Dragons, and I will remember my own experiences and the realities of running a business today, when choosing to support - or reject - the budding entrepreneurs joining me in the Den."

The Business Inspector

In 2010 Hilary appeared on The Business Inspector, a four-part series made by Optomen and sponsored by HM Revenue & Customs in which she put her knowledge and expertise to the test to help transform small companies.

Each week Hilary tackled two struggling British businesses – one man bands, kitchen table entrepreneurs and struggling firms run by talented individuals – by injecting business sense into their passion projects.

Hilary mentored the business owners, teaching them the key skills essentials for a thriving business and in the process helped our nation of entrepreneurs realise their dreams by getting their businesses ship shape and profitable.

Secret Millionaire

Hilary featured in the September 2008 C4 series of the Secret Millionaire. Based in Lancashire, Hilary was allocated lodgings in a desperately poor area of Rochdale.